I have no words. The shock. The horror. Mortified and devastated is what I am.
Look what I found in my 13-year-old son’s shoe drawer.
Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Not just one bar, but three large packets! All of it laden with artificial rubbish!
At first I was a bit cranky. Not just about the chocolate – I hate it when my kids do sneaky stuff behind my back. He is well aware we don’t buy this stuff and we don’t eat this stuff.
Then I got to thinking, why? Why, oh why?
Am I being too strict in our food choices? I didn’t think so. We are by no means 100% clean eaters! It’s just impossible to be that perfect!
Just this week, hubby and kids shared two blocks of Green and Blacks organic chocolate (I buy it when it’s on special). I am all for treats – what is a life lived without some pleasure, after all? But, I want those treats to be the very best quality treats, not some chemical concoction.
It’s all relative though isn’t it? Compared to the vast majority of his friends, we do eat differently. Mostly organic, very little processed foods, very little takeaway or junk foods, most things made from scratch. I find it pretty sad that we are the odd ones out.
Is it a case of peer pressure and trying to fit in with his friends? Is he rebelling against the choices I make for him, being the supposedly older and wiser parent?
Part of me is sad. Sad that my baby boy is growing up – he has his own money, he goes out with friends, he is starting to make some of his own choices.
All I know is that eating chemical laden crap isn’t what I want for my kids!
Looks like we are going to spend some quality time with The Chemical Maze Handbook this afternoon!
What do you think? Are you too strict with your kid’s food choices? Or not strict enough? Is there ever a happy medium?